Education … briefly
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 6:00 pm
By: By The Associated Press
The Messenger 11.21.12
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Hamilton County school officials say compliance with new federal dietary rules is forcing an end to a tradition of family holiday meals at school.
Elementary schools used to choose if and when to invite parents and community members for lunches before Thanksgiving and Christmas. As many as 400 guests have been served in the past.
There will be turkey on Nov. 13 and a ham lunch on Dec. 12, but only for students and staff.
County schools nutrition director Carolyn Childs told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/RG7qDK) there are too many nuances to the new meal pattern to continue the community holiday lunches.
Parent Julie Saunders said she is concerned about poorer families, saying the school holiday meals might have been one of few good meals together.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Federal grants totaling $859,000 have been awarded to four Kentucky universities in partnership with other educational institutions to improve teacher quality from preschool to high school.
Morehead State, Murray State, Northern Kentucky and the University of Kentucky are the lead institutions, with proposals that include partnerships with the University of Louisville, Hazard Community and Technical College, Madisonville Community College, the Kentucky Center for Mathematics, Thomas More College and local high-need school districts.
The Council on Postsecondary Education awarded the federal funds. Council President Bob King says the work will lead to more high school students being ready for college and careers when they graduate.